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Water Fluoridation

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In the movie Conspiracy Theory Mel Gibson says, “You know what they put in the water, don’t you? Fluoride! Yeah, fluoride. On the pretext that it strengthens your teeth! That’s ridiculous. You know what this stuff does to you? It actually weakens your will, takes away the capacity for free and creative thought and makes you a slave to the state”.  Or take this scene from Dr. Strangelove:

Hang around the freedom movement long enough and you’ll hear someone mention water fluoridation.  This is the controlled addition of fluoride to the water supply.  So, is fluoride really added to the water supply to manipulate the population?  Or is it, as the government says, to promote healthy teeth?

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Top 5 Reasons Government is Responsible for the Gulf Oil Spill

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BP should be held responsible for all damage that it does to private property.  Government should be held responsible for its contribution to the mess.  Here are some reasons why government shares the blame.

5. Government was in charge of inspecting the oil rig, regulations, safety standards, etc.  In fact, government agents inspected the rig mere hours before it exploded.

4. Government encourages risky behavior by limiting liability.  This is compounded by the fact that the oceans are socialized, leading to the tragedy of the commons.  If people were allowed to own ocean wildlife, they would be able to protect it.

3. Government encourages drilling in deep water.  This is more difficult, which makes spills more likely.  This also makes it much harder to plug any leaks.

2. Government encourages dependence on oil by funneling alternative energy research funds to useless, but politically connected, corn lobby.

1. Government steals half of my money each year, so I can’t afford to help clean up the spill like Kevin Costner.  Okay, maybe that’s a stretch.  But how about this?  The federal government won’t even let the cleaning barges that are on site go into operation.

The Judge explains it all.

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Parent’s License

intervention

A friend of mine said, “It is ridiculous that the government regulates driving, but not having children”.  I agreed with her statement, but not her sentiment.

It makes sense that if driving is licensed, then then having children should also be licensed. So logically the choice comes down to total government or no government.

It’s true that not all parents do a great job, but government hasn’t exactly stamped out automobile accidents either.

You might think that licensing drivers at least gives people an incentive to learn some basic driving skills.  But think about what is required to get a driver’s license.  Not much.  Some very basic driving techniques.  Basically nothing in the way of being responsible.

Now consider a free market system. 

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Be an Organ Donor

intervention

The government sent me a nice, glossy advertisement telling me that it would sure be swell if I signed up to donate my organs when I die. Apparently there is a tragically short supply of organs and many people who need transplants are on waiting lists to get them.

Since shortages are only caused by government price controls, it seems a little strange for the government to ask me fix the problem.  All they need to do is remove the price control and the free market will provide all the organs people want.

In this case, the government sets the legal price of organs at zero dollars. The only people who are supplying them are those who are willing to give them away for free.

According to organdonor.gov, each day about 77 people receive organ transplants.  However, 19 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs.  The first thing that occurs to me is that the government kills 19 people each day with their price control on organs.  The second thing is that such a large number of people are getting their organs for free.  It seems likely that the remaining gap would be easily surmountable with a little bit of freedom.

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Census 2010

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Below is an advertisement currently on display in Philadelphia, with an unintentional double meaning.

Continue reading if you need a hint.

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What Social Security Means To Me

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The Social Security Administration sent me a mailing today entitled, “What Social Security Means To You“.

First they explained that the SSA is not going to give me enough money for retirement, “…Social Security was never intended to by your only source of income when you retire.  You will also need other savings…”.  Next they said that, “Social Security is a compact between generations,” but, “the Social Security system is facing serious financial problems”.  Apparently, the Trust Fund will start losing money in 2016 and be empty in 2037.  They make it sound like I am throwing money into a hole.

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